Hockey #1! Hockey.  Yeah, baby.  I’ll say it again, HOCKEY!  The “tremendously tremendous” (and it was) Olympic hockey match-up where the USA upset Canada on Sunday night was the week’s most-watched program on cable.    Hockey and “most-watched” rarely get into the same sentence around here.

Hockey and the post-game coverage catapulted MSNBC to the top 2 slots for the week, beating out WWE Monday Night Raw and the Keeping up With the Kardashian’s season finale.  SpongeBob absorbed nine out of the top 25, and NCIS reruns took five of the top 25 slots.

Top 25  cable shows for the week ending February 21, 2010:

Rank Shows NET DAY( Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 W OLY PRIME MSNB Sun 07:45P-09:55P 8,221
2 W OLY PRIME POST MSNB Sun 09:55P-10:08P 6,477
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:06P 5,111
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4,807
5 KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS EN Sun 10:00P-10:30P 4,807
6 NCIS USA Mon 07:00P-08:00P 4,715
7 PENGUINS NAN Mon 08:00P-08:30P 4,599
8 HANNAH MONTANA DSNY Sun 08:00P-08:30P 4,495
9 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 10:30A-11:00A 4,385
10 STARSTRUCK DSNY Mon 06:30P-08:00P 4,367
11 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:30A-12:00P 4,312
12 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 10:00A-10:30A 4,228
13 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 4,185
14 NCIS USA Mon 06:00P-07:00P 4,152
15 BURN NOTICE USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 4,117
16 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:30P-11:00P 4,107
17 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 11:00A-11:30A 4,054
18 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 4,047
19 NCIS USA Sat 10:00P-11:00P 3,995
20 PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 3,950
21 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:00A-09:30A 3,906
22 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:30P 3,891
23 NCIS USA Wed 07:00P-08:00P 3,882
24 ICARLY NICK Mon 05:00P-05:30P 3,790
25 SPONGEBOB NICK Mon 05:30P-06:00P 3,788


Separately, we have already posted a bit of stuff that isn’t on the list above( Damages, Psych and Leverage among them) and even Starz’ Spartacus: Blood and Sand and FX’s Archer, and Syfy’s Caprica.

Unfortunately we can’t post everything,  but we post quite a bit, so in addition to the recommendations for finding cable ratings below, I also recommend our site’s search feature near the top right of the site.

We always post whatever specific show data we received directly and see via press release or other trade publications.  You can  subscribe to our RSS feed and  you can also follow @TravisYanan on Twitter.  During the week he usually posts some (not all) cable results for each weekday, usually late in the afternoon on the east coast (and Friday night data isn’t posted until Monday) and he posts the links to that info on his Twitter account to the info on Marc Berman’s PI Forums.

You should also follow @TVBill (it’s not Bill Gorman, but he is a TV ratings junkie and sometimes posts cable ratings info. You can also follow me on Twitter, sometimes I will post some cable ratings, though I am not taking requests there…

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